Transitioning to Teaching Language Online
This STARTALK program is for K-16 teachers of critical languages who want to teach their language online. Offered completely online, this 3-week, intensive course will give teacher participants the experience of being an online learner. Course content will focus on many different facets of a successful online language course, such as creating community, time management strategies for teachers and students, choosing appropriate technology tools for communicative-based activities, and developing a variety of online activity types. In addition to exploring these aspects of teaching online, participants will see these concepts in action in a model online language course. By the end of the course, participants will have a portfolio of activities ready to be incorporated in an online course. Teachers will be awarded a certificate of completion upon finishing course requirements (optional graduate credits available for a fee - see below).
PLEASE NOTE: Course will be offered pending funding renewal for 2015.
We are now taking applications, assuming refunding.
Who should apply
This program is open to
K-16 critical language teachers (only Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu) who teach those languages in the United States. Applicants should be experienced classroom teachers
who instruct using a student-centered, proficiency-based, communication-oriented methodology. Teachers
who have taught in, or attended, a previous STARTALK course on methodology or technology
are especially encouraged to apply.
Important Dates- pending final funding notification for 2015
Application due by: May 1, 2015
Acceptance notification by: May 11, 2015
Course dates: June 8-June 28, 2015
Course format and technology requirements
This course is an intense 3-week course, delivered entirely online through an online course management system. The course is mostly asynchronous, but there will be one synchronous meeting daily with your small group, and partner activities that are at self-arranged times. You should expect to spend approximately 4-8 hours daily on this course.
You will need an internet connection with a good, reliable connection in order to watch and create videos online. You will need a headset with microphone and a webcam for your computer in order to participate fully in the course. All of the applications we use online will be free or demonstration sites to try out activities.
This intensive 3-week course will take 4-8 hours daily for three weeks. Do not plan to attend or teach anything else in addition to this course!
There is no cost for course registration to teachers selected for the program, but participants will need to purchase a book or two for the course. As the course is completely online, there are no costs for transportation or housing!
Optional Graduate Credit Available
Cost: For those not enrolled in degree programs at the University of Minnesota, the tuition cost is $631 per credit ($1262) for this 2-credit course, PLUS approximately $100 in registration fees for two credits. You can find a chart of tuition and fees for non-degree-seeking students or refer to the University's OneStop website for more complete information. Cost for those who are University of Minnesota students will be based on your status at the University.
Process for credit: Registration for credit will take place in June, just prior to the beginning of the STARTALK program. You will be billed the cost of University tuition and fees by the University of Minnesota Registrar’s Office in July. Your bill will be due in full by the end of July.
How to Apply
*** Please complete the 3-part Teacher Participant
Click the link above for the application instructions.
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